The Long-Term Effects of Stress on Your Oral Health

We’ve all been told to avoid stress at one point or another, but usually, it’s in reference to our bodily health. However, stress can actually cause oral health problems. There are several ways stress can affect our oral health, so there is another reason to keep it in check. Since oral health can be negatively affected by stress, why don’t you sit back, relax, and have a quick read about the detriments of stress to your oral health? Stress Can Cause Bruxism Bruxism is also known as grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw. Stress has been shown to be a cause of bruxism in adults and even children. If you have ever caught yourself with a sore jaw after dealing with stressful events, it may be possible you are a sufferer of teeth grinding. Bruxism caused by...

The Worst Drinks for Dental Health

Most people don’t think of the damage drinks cause to their oral health. After all, you don’t chew a drink, so what can it do to your teeth, right? Unfortunately, certain drinks cause oral health issues, including cavities, stained teeth, and gum disease. Knowing which drinks cause such destruction can help you choose wisely. Soda The sugar in soda works alongside the bacteria in your mouth to create acid. The acid eats away at your tooth’s enamel. Too much erosion and you may experience tooth sensitivities, or have tooth decay. Even without the sugar, soda has an acidic nature all on its own. This means that even diet soda can damage your teeth. Once the acid hits your tooth enamel, it affects your teeth for at least 20 minutes. If you drink soda frequently, you...

Benefits You Didn’t Know About Composite Fillings

Having a cavity today doesn’t automatically mean you need an obvious silver (amalgam) filling today. At River View Smile Center, we offer our patients several filling options, including composite fillings. While not the right choice for every situation, composite fillings do have their benefits. A More Pleasing Cosmetic Appearance Composite fillings offer a less obvious way to fill a cavity. Unlike with silver fillings, other than you and our staff, no one will know that you had a cavity. Composite fillings resemble the enamel of your other teeth, so it blends right in with the rest of your mouth, whereas silver fillings stand out when you talk or smile. In fact, we use composite fillings often in front teeth in order to avoid compromising a patient’s smile. Keep...

How to End Bad Breath

More than half of Americans today suffer from bad breath, according to the American Dental Association. Even if you don’t regularly eat garlic and onions (the most common offenders), you may still suffer from bad breath. Luckily, simple techniques can help you eliminate it. Keep up Your Dental Hygiene Brushing your teeth at least twice a day helps keep bad breath away. Brushing your teeth eliminates the food debris in and around your teeth that eventually turns into enamel-eating bacteria. We also recommend that you try flossing at the end of each day. This helps eliminate the debris that sits between your teeth that brushing doesn’t reach. Any food left behind creates a breeding ground for bacteria and causes bad breath. Use a Germ-Killing Mouth Wash A minty...

Grinding Your Teeth at Night?

You may grind your teeth at night and not even know it. Unless your partner complains of the noise you make, you may not know until you come in for a dental exam. At River Valley Smile Center, we want you to be able to recognize the signs of teeth grinding so you can get help right away. If you notice any of the signs below, it’s important to get in for an appointment right away as teeth grinding can be detrimental to your oral health. Painful and Tired Jaws If you wake up often with sore or tired jaws, you may grind your teeth. Grinding your teeth causes your jaw muscles to tire quickly. If you do it often enough or hard enough, it could also cause tenderness in your jaw muscles that you feel long after you get out of bed. You may find that the pain increases as...

Top 5 Reasons You Need Fluoride Treatment

You can get fluoride in your drinking water, toothpaste, and mouth rinse, but nothing compares to the professional fluoride treatment offered in our dental office. This quick treatment provides many oral health benefits. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay. Topical fluoride helps strengthen your tooth’s enamel, reducing the risk of cavities. As bacteria combine with carbohydrates in your mouth, it eats away at the tooth’s enamel. Topical fluoride helps strengthen your enamel, avoiding enamel breakdown from the combination of bacteria and carbohydrates in your mouth. Fluoride encourages remineralization of your teeth. Your saliva naturally helps your enamel remineralize. Sometimes the calcium and phosphorus in your saliva aren’t enough to strengthen your enamel,...